DS Daily - 3rd September 2009


The power of walking in the client's shoes

Placing staff in their clients' shoes through role-play exercises was the key tactic in this national US treatment improvement programme which more than halved waiting times and increased retention without limiting patient numbers [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Prisoners with mental health problems should not be excluded from help to find work

Prisoners with mental health problems are not getting the support they need to gain employment when they are released, according to a policy paper published today by [Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, UK]

The media, fake news reporting and getting the word out.

As this blog has discussed before this study was carried out for the ACMD on behalf of the Home Office as a part of its review of the classification of cannabis, the study didn’t produce the result the government wanted so they ignored it and ensured it didn’t get picked up by the media [UKCIA]

Kicking the habit of drug-driving

A TV advert shows the danger posed by drug-taking drivers. Tom Whipple joins the police who are trying to stop them [Times, UK]

Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality Annual Report on 2008 data

Alcohol abuse was a factor in 1 in 15 reported deaths. 26-page PDF [NHS Scotland, UK]

Drink a factor in surgery deaths

Alcohol abuse was a factor in the deaths of one in 15 patients who died in hospitals last year while under the care of surgeons, figures have shown [BBC, UK]

Diseases caused by alcohol abuse soaring

Conditions like liver disease, alcohol poisoning and chronic pancreatitis increased in Lincolnshire by six per cent to 4,322 in 2007/08 [Lincolnshire Echo, UK]

Why drink licence is hard for us to swallow

Should drinkers have to apply for a licence to drink alcohol? It might seem a bizarre question to us - but it's one that's being asked in the ongoing and long running debate in America over the age at which a young person should be legally permitted to consume hooch [Belfast Telegraph, UK]

Shoppers still in the dark, says wine and spirits association

Shoppers are still in the dark about how they will be affected by alcohol laws introduced yesterday, according to The Wine and Spirit Trade Association [Press and Journal, UK]

Trends in treated opiate and cocaine use across Ireland

Latest figures from the HRB show that the number of people presenting for treatment for opiate (mainly heroin) and cocaine use is continuing to rise [HRB, Ireland]

Drug users face 3-month wait to access treatment

Drug users who want to quit their habit are being forced to wait up to three months before they can access residential treatment at one of the country’s best known treatment centres [Irish Examiner]

National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm annual report 2008

Drug overdose was the most common method of self harm in 2008, involved in 72% of cases, more often used by women (79%) than men (64%). 54-page PDF [National Suicide Research Foundation, Ireland]

Drugs test for motorists comes closer

Transport minister Camiel Eurlings is to press ahead with plans to introduce random drugs testing for motorists [Dutch News]

Depression looms as global crisis

The World Health Organization predicts that within 20 years more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem [BBC, UK]

President Obama Issues Recovery Month Proclamation

The proclamation recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of thousands of Americans in recovery, supports those seeking treatment for addiction, and pays tribute to the host of caring individuals who assist those making choices to leave behind addiction and live drug-free [ONDCP, USA]

Tainted cocaine scare as three die in north America

Spread feared because the coke was probably cut with livestock de-worming agent at the production stage [First Post, UK]

Let them snort coke

Legalising drugs is what American politicians call 'a third rail' issue - one that instantly kills the career of anyone who even suggests it [First Post, UK]

From Pubs to Scrubs: Alcohol Misuse and Health Care Use

These findings provide updated and nationally representative estimates of the relationships between alcohol misuse and health care use, and they underscore the potential implications of alcohol misuse on health care expenditures. Abstract [Health Services Research]